We are Christians only by identification with Jesus
Deuteronomy 12-14 /Acts 15-16
12:2-7 When you drive out the nations that live there, you must destroy all the places where they worship their gods–high on the mountains, up on the hills, and under every green tree. Break down their altars and smash their sacred pillars. Burn their Asherah poles and cut down their carved idols. Erase the names of their gods from those places! Do not worship the LORD your God in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods. Rather, you must seek the LORD your God at the place he himself will choose from among all the tribes for his name to be honored. There you will bring to the LORD your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your special gifts, your offerings to fulfill a vow, your freewill offerings, and your offerings of the firstborn animals of your flocks and herds. There you and your families will feast in the presence of the LORD your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the LORD your God has blessed you.
16:9-10 That night Paul had a vision. He saw a man from Macedonia in northern Greece, pleading with him, “Come over here and help us.” So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, for we could only conclude that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.
OT Flash Points
Purity of the revelation
Completely destroy every atom corrupted by the evil worship of the inhabitants you are wiping out
Fill the land with true worship and righteousness
NT Flash Points
Purity of the message
Scruples? What are they based on?
True foundation = real fruit
Are you a worker by God’s choice?
Are you a worker based on interest in the work?
Or identification with Jesus’ interests?
Sin’s disposition: MY CLAIM TO MY RIGHT TO MY SELF